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Locus of Control

Julian Rotter's locus of control (LC) is a way to conceptualize people's center of control. Do I possess control, or is it someone else?

Jeffrey Smith

on 13 April 2010

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Transcript of Locus of Control

Where is control centered? Can we influence our environment? STRENGTH Am I externally or internally rienforced? LOCUS OF CONTROL The degree to which an individual believes that reinforcements (rewards/punishments) are controlled by self or the environment. Internal Locus of Control "Internally controlled individuals (I) assume that their own behaviors and actions are responsible for the consequences that happen to them" (Engler, p. 251). External Locus of Control (E) "Externally controlled people (E) believe that control is out of their hands (Engler, p. 251). INTERNAL: Positives Increases with age
Stabalizes in middle age
Internals... More perceptive
Ready to learn
Ask more questions
Process info more quickly
Greater mastery tendencies
Better problem solving skills What about Bob? decision making Rotter and Mulry (1965) stated that those with an internal locus of control will take longer to complete a decision task if they think it depends upon skill. Individuals with an external locus of control take longer to complete a decision task if they think it depends upon chance or luck.
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